3576 – Obsidian pendant belonging to Julia Pearce

Physical description:
A small square piece of banded obsidian (black with a white band around one corner), with a metal loop so that it can be worn as a pendant.
Museum classification:
Modern Witchcraft
15 x 12 x 4

Part of a collection of gemstone jewellery that belonged to Julia Pearce. She also had several books on the magical and healing properties of crystals and gemstones, now in the museum library.

Obsidian - a type of naturally occurring volcanic glass - is considered magically powerful in many cultures. The Elizabethan magician John Dee obtained an obsidian ritual mirror that had been looted from the Aztecs (which is now in the British Museum) - the origin of the use of dark mirrors in European magic.

Obsidian, metal